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Technology Help Center

Starting Your Own Tech Help Center

Motivational speaker Zig Ziglar firmly believes that the best way to get everything in life you want is to help enough other people get what they need in life.

If you are interested in creating or just learning how to start your own community technology help center spend sometime checking out the links below.

Keys to a Successful Community Technology Center
How to get your CTC off to a great start. This article is based on CompuMentor's years of experience and observations working with Community Technology Centers (CTCs) around California.

It is specifically intended to help guide an organization with starting a new CTC, although the ideas here should be useful to existing CTCs as well.

CTC Resource Center
One of CTCNet's top priorities is locating and sharing the most useful resources available for CTCs.

This online tool is designed to facilitate the sharing of our members' resources on program development, curricula, organizational management and sustainability.

Ten Lessons for Your New Community Technology Center
The Community Technology Center (or CTC) has evolved as the premier weapon in the battle to close the digital divide.

The CTC provides technology access, resources, support and training for people in low-income or isolated areas. It's usually open to the general public and supported by strong community involvement.

It assumes that you are not a fundraising professional, but that you have some interest in finding the money you need to develop your CTC. 

Keys to Sustaining Your Community Technology Center
It is difficult today to sustain a community technology center (CTC) compared to just a few years ago. Policy makers, leaders, and everyday people are more concerned with issues like crime, education, and poverty than the technology gap between rich and poor.

The YouthLearn Initiative offers youth development professionals and educators comprehensive services and resources for using technology to create exciting learning environments.

YouthLearn, created by the Morino Institute and now led by Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC), provides the tools you need to start or strengthen both after-school and in-school programs.


Funding For Community Technology Centers

US Department Of Education Community Technology Centers
The purpose of the Community Technology Centers program is to assist eligible applicants to create or expand community technology centers that will provide disadvantaged residents of economically distressed urban and rural communities with access to information technology and related training.

For FY 2002, the competition for new awards focuses on projects that fulfill the purpose of the program and that address the priorities.

Technology Opportunities Program
formerly known as the Telecommunications and Information Infrastructure Assistance Program, is a highly-competitive, merit-based grant program that brings the benefits of digital network technologies to communities throughout the United States.

HUD's Neighborhood Networks Web Site
Neighborhood Networks is a community-based initiative of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that encourages the development of resource and computer learning centers in privately owned HUD-assisted and/or -insured housing.

HUD has developed a number of really good resources, guides and fact sheets that are useful to anyone starting a CTC - not just Neighborhood Networks centers. They also have extensive links to non-HUD resources.

OMB Watch Community Technology Centers Web
OMB Watch works on budget issues, regulatory policy, nonprofit advocacy, access to government information, and the effects of technology on nonprofit organizations.

This site has information on the latest national policy effecting CTCs and federal funding opportunities.